Elizabeth Arndt Gold Award Project

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Project: The Golden Harvest Unity Garden at Northwest United Methodist Church

Brief Summary of Project:

The community was able to learn more about gardening and more about each other through spending time together gardening.  My garden also helped spread healthier living ideas through the community. Community members who helped care for the garden were able to take the free food.

Benefits of the project:

My garden, along with all of the other Unity Gardens, are set up to promote a healthy community.  In the future, hopefully we'll see a healthier community, free of hunger.

While my garden won't completely wipe out hunger and obesity, with more and more gardens like mine being grown around the community, together, over time, we can help each other live healthier. Also, it has been shown that communities with Unity Gardens have a lower crime rate.

What did you learn about yourself as a result of this project?

I developed a stronger sense of self and positive values through working with the community and addressing one of the biggest challenges in the world--hunger.  I gained practical life skills through my project including gardening skills and working as a team leader.

Through my project, I was able to develop healthy relationships within the community and promote cooperation by building a garden for the community to care for and benefit from. The garden is my small way of making an impact on the health and well-being of the world at large.

I was able to identify an issue in my community that I was passionate about fixing--hunger--and became a resourceful problem solver by seeking out help from Unity Gardens, Inc., family, and members of the community.  I will feel empowered to make a difference in the world by realizing that even on a small scale at a local level, a small impact on the community can be passed on through the world.